Apr 102014

MANILA, Philippines – As part of its campaign to promote energy security, the Department of Energy (DOE) is urging consumers to use fuels and electricity judiciously, especially during the summer months when demand will be high. Some simple household energy-saving tips are posted on the DOE website and www.wattmatters.org.ph.

Equally important, the DOE is also encouraging consumers to buy products that carry an energy label. Yellow energy labels are mandatory on household air conditioners (except inverter type), household refrigerators (size range: 5-8 cubic feet), compact fluorescent lamps (self-ballasted), linear fluorescent lamps, circular fluorescent lamps and ballasts.

To reduce electricity bills from air conditioning devices, look for a high Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) when buying a new unit. EER refers to the cooling efficiency of the unit. For refrigerators and freezers, the yellow energy guide bears the Energy Efficiency Factor (EEF) of the unit.

The higher the energy efficiency rating, the lower the energy consumption. For fluorescent lamps, the energy label indicates the light output in lumens, power consumption, lamp efficacy and average life. More lumens mean more light output. The higher the efficacy rating, the lower the energy consumption.

The safety tests, on the other hand, are being administered by the Bureau of Product Standards of the Department of Trade and Industry.

In addition, the DOE has established state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for performance testing of television sets, washing machines, refrigerators, and freezers through the assistance of the Asian Development Bank. 

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Jan 082014
DOE allows market intervention in WESM

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Energy (DOE) is allowing market intervention in the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM), the country’s trading floor for electricity, to temper unusual price spikes as what happened in November last year. “In a nutshell, there is now market intervention,” Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said when sought for comment on the new circular. Based on Department Circular 2014-01-0001, the Philippine Electricity Market Corp. (PEMC), the WESM operator, has the option to intervene in the market by setting an administered price gauged on the average price in the last 30 days prior to the day of intervention. It said PEMC may intervene when there is a supply emergency “where electricity supply capacity shortfall, is measured at four percent or below the total demand.” “Provided further that the four percent trigger shall continue to be applied until the DOE determines, through the National Transmission Corp., the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines and the Grid Management Committee, that a new trigger is applicable,” Petilla said in the circular. He stressed that market intervention is merely an option that may or may not be exercised by PEMC as market operator. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 “[I]n light of recent events, the DOE saw the need to provide for an interim measure for the market operator and/or system operator’s declaration of market intervention in order to ensure utmost consumer protection specially in times of critical situation of the supply of electricity power that triggers Read More …

Nov 212013
Petilla threatens to cancel drill contract of Cinco-1

MANILA, Philippines – Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla has threatened to cancel Service Contract (SC) 55 after its proponents failed to submit a concrete drilling plan for the Cinco-1 well in offshore Palawan. The SC 55 proponents include BHP Billiton, Otto Energy, Trans-Asia Oil and Development Corp. and Energy Development Corp. BHP Billiton, an Australia-based oil and mining firm, earlier withdrew its participation in the Cinco-1 oil and gas project. Cinco-1 is believed to have potential gas reserves, being located near the Malampaya natural gas field in Northwest Palawan, the biggest natural gas find in the Philippines. “If Otto Energy does not find a drilling partner then I’ll just have to cancel it.  Unless they ask for an extension because they are still interested to drill it then we will extend it. Otherwise, if there is no chance for them to drill it then might as well cancel the contract,” Petila said. The energy chief said the DOE had been informed that BHP Billiton might have been experiencing some financial difficulties, thus the decision to pull out of the SC 55 drilling project. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 “Their budget was cut by 35 percent. Not only in the Philippines but even in India they decided to cancel their participation in another contract. I think Otto Energy might file legal actions because BHP Billiton has contractual obligations,” he said. Petilla, however, pointed out that should the remaining members of the consortium opt to continue with the Read More …

Aug 302013
DOE nixes SC 6 farm-in proposal

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Energy (DOE) has thumbed down the proposed farm-in agreement for Service Contract 6 in Northwest Palawan primarily due to its proponents failure to meet the required financial capability, Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp. disclosed to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) yesterday. The farm-in agreement proposes to transfer the 70 percent interest and right to operate SC 6 to three companies, namely Peak Oil and Gas Ltd., Blade Petroleum and VenturOil Philippines Inc. Trans-Asia Petroleum, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp., has a 14.063 percent participating interest in SC 6 Block B. Other consortium members are Philodrill, Nido Petroleum Ltd., Oriental Petroleum & Minerals Corp., Forum Energy Philippines Corp. and Alcorn Petroleum & Minerals Corp. In December 2011, Philodrill executed a deed of assignment, transferring the 70 percent participating interest in SC 6B – located northwest of Palawan – to the three companies. However, the energy department said that after a thorough review of the documents, the documents were deemed not enough to completely evaluate the application. “Further, Philodrill failed to comply and submit additional updated documents as requested in our letter… Since then and up to now, all the farminees have been unable to comply with the DOE’s directive to submit additional documents which are supposed to aid the DOE in properly determining whether the farminees and applicant for operatorship are qualified to perform the work obligations in SC 6B,” the energy department said in an earlier letter to Read More …

Aug 252013
DOE says it can’t stop Petron from acquiring rival Liquigaz

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Energy (DOE) said its hands are tied and that it cannot do anything on the plan of Petron Corp. to acquire rival Liquigaz Philippines Corp., a ranking official told The STAR. Zenaida Monsada, director of the energy department’s Oil Industry Management Bureau said the agency has no jurisdiction over mergers and acquisitions even if the companies involved are oil firms. “The DOE cannot do anything about mergers and acquisitions. We only have jurisdiction on the initial public offering (IPO) requirement of refiners,” she said, referring to the Oil Industry Deregulation Law of 1998, which requires oil refiners to offer shares to the public. She said it was up to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to police corporations such as Petron regarding their acquisition activities if it deems necessary. Furthermore, she said Congress can also pass a measure that would put safeguards against monopolies. Petron is in the process of acquiring Liquigaz, a wholly-owned Philippine subsidiary of SHV Energy of the Netherlands. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 Rep. Arnel Ty of the LPG Marketers’ Association has raised concerns that once Petron completes negotiations for the acquisition of Liquigaz, it may control the LPG industry with a 75-percent share. Ty said Petron has given SHV a non-binding offer of $60 million for Liquigaz’s LPG business, a statement that Petron neither confirmed nor denied. “The company confirms that it is participating in the proposed acquisition of the operations of Liquigaz, a wholly-owned Read More …

Aug 252013
DOE to use part of P4-B budget for projects

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Energy (DOE) will use part of its P4.05 billion budget to finance the department’s continuing activities including the household and sitio electrification program, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said.  Petilla earlier said the Aquino administration is aiming to cover 33,000 sitios under the rural electrification program by 2015. Aside from household and sitio electrification, the DOE will allocate portion of the budget for “biofuels blending, renewable energy installation and development of indigenous resources and clean energy technologies,” Petilla said. The Energy chief also said that the department has three ongoing special projects – the high impact solar project, which entails promoting the use of solar energy in the Philippines, the high impact hydro project, which is a joint venture with the Philippine National Oil Company-Renewables Corp., electric cooperatives and the private sector and the electric vehicles (e-trike) project, which is under a loan agreement between the government and the Asian Development Bank. For the e-trike project, the ADB is working with the government to promote the adoption of e-trikes in Metro Manila and soon, throughout the country. Ultimately, ADB and the government hope to see 100,000 electric tricycles on the road by 2016. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 The e-trike produces no noise and zero tailpipe emissions and can be charged at night during off-peak electricity hours, according to the ADB.

Aug 112013
DOE eyes 5,905 MW from new RE projects

An example of a renewable energy project. MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Energy (DOE) expects an additional 5,905 megawatts of potential capacity from 347 new projects under the Renewable Energy law. These projects will have an installed capacity of 2,334 MW, according to the DOE. Of the 347 renewable energy projects, 177 are hydropower projects, 39 are geothermal ventures and 37 are wind farms. There are also 34 solar projects, 29 biomass projects and three projects that would utilize ocean energy, the DOE said. There are also 249 pending projects under the RE law, with a potential capacity of 3,301 MW and 20.75 MW of installed capacity. The Energy department is focused on solving the short-term power supply problem in Mindanao. The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa), has been urging renewable energy investments in the region to help address the current power supply crunch. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 The government has been encouraging players in the renewable energy sector through feed-in-tariffs. The FIT regime is a form of incentives for renewable energy players. Feed-in tariffs offer cost-based compensation to renewable energy players among other perks.

Aug 022013

MANILA, July 31 (Mabuhay) — Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla has ordered the reconnection of Albay Electric Cooperative (Aleco) to the national power grid by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Albay on Tuesday experienced a blackout after National Grid Corp. of the Philippines cut off power supply to Aleco due to the cooperative’s debts to power generators. The […]

Jul 072013
DOE signs contract with A. Brown unit to develop hydro project

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Energy (DOE) has signed a contract with Hydrolink, a wholly owned subsidiary of A. Brown Company Inc. (ABCI) for the development of a 25-megawatt hydropower project in Surigao del Sur. The project would utilize water from the Carac-an River in Cantillan for the hydropower plant. The project is part of ABCI’s plans to provide much-needed additional power capacities for the green-rated electric cooperatives in Mindanao. ABCI chairman Walter Brown said that given the reduced power supply contract of Surigao del Sur II Electric Cooperative (Surseco II) with state-owned National Power Corp. (Napocor), the cooperative would have to seek alternative sources of fuel to meet the increase in demand in the coming years. Surseco supplies power to 12 municipalities and to one city in the province. “We would like to help them in this undertaking, and as a sign of our full and sincere intentions, we immediately commissioned a hydropower technical team to study the power potentials of the rivers in Surigao,” Brown said. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 Hydrolink president and ABCI vice-president for business development Roel Castro for his part said that the company has conducted a pre-feasibility study of the river and the results of the study show the project’s potential. “We have already identified the most viable strategies for its development. We will now proceed to processing the necessary permits and coordinate with Surigao’s local officials for their support of the project,” Castro said.

Jun 132013
Japanese e-vehicle maker ties up with Phl firm

MANILA, Philippines – Japanese electric vehicle maker Terra Motors Corp. has forged a  partnership with a local firm for the manufacture of electric vehicles  in Laguna for the domestic market and for export, an official said.    Terra Motors chief executive officer Toru Tokushige told reporters in  a briefing yesterday that they have partnered with a local firm for  the assembly of electric vehicles here.    “We have invested $20 million for the production of electric vehicles  here. Most of the investment will go to procurement of parts,” he  said.    He noted that the facility in Laguna has a production capacity of  10,000 units per year.    The electric vehicles to be assembled in the site would be for the  local market as well as for export.    Tokushige said the firm plans to participate in the bidding for  the Asian Development Bank (ADB)  and Department of Energy’s (DOE)  e-tricycle project next week.    Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 The project involves the roll-out of 100,000 e-tricycles to local  government units until 2016. Tokushige said the firm has already developed a sample e-tricycle unit  based on the design provided by the ADB and DOE.    If Terra Motors would be selected for the project, he said the  e-tricycles would be manufactured here.    He added other electric vehicles such as electric-bicycles would  be produced here.    “We already have orders from customers in Thailand and Indonesia,” he said.    The firm, he added, plans to seek incentives from the Board of  Investments for their manufacturing Read More …